Top Upcoming Co-Op Video Games of 2018

The best cooperative video games launching in 2018.

Note: This article was updated in May of 2018.

2018 is quickly approaching and with it will come a slew of new video game titles to look forward to playing. With that said, now’s a good time to start marking down what video games to keep an eye on when they officially launch next year. Let us lend a hand, in this list, in particular, we’re going over the top co-op video games launching in 2018.


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State of Decay 2
  • Developer: Undead Labs
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XB1
  • Release: May 22, 2018

There are not too many details released for State of Decay 2 as of right now. We do know that this video game is a sequel to the 2013 State of Decay and will focus heavily on cooperative gameplay with up to three other players.

Overall, State of Decay 2 is a zombie-survival game that lets players have their own unique story. While battling zombies is very much a key aspect of the upcoming title release, players are encouraged to work together in setting up their own community that’s able to successfully take out the undead threat.


Dauntless
  • Developer: Phoenix Labs
  • Publisher: Phoenix Labs
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2018

If you’re looking for a free-to-play MMORPG experience then Dauntless from developers Phoenix Labs may be well worth looking into. This is an upcoming fantasy-based video game which features players becoming Slayers who are tasked in taking down Behemoths around the world.

With the game being a free-to-play online title, players can choose to enjoy a cooperative gameplay experience with friends or they can go through the video game narrative by themselves as a single player video game.


Overkill’s The Walking Dead
  • Developer: Overkill Software
  • Publisher: Starbreeze Studios, 505 Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
  • Release: 2018

The Walking Dead is an upcoming first-person co-op shooter based on The Walking Dead comic book series. Players will have to survive together in a world that has been dominated by mindless flesh-eating walkers.

While details surrounding the video game narrative have yet to be fully fleshed out to the public, the development team has announced that a VR version of the game will be launching for the game as well. Unfortunately, the VR-experience to the video game does not have a specific release date yet other than at some point in 2018.


A Way Out
  • Developer: Hazelight Studios
  • Publisher: EA Originals
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 23, 2018

A Way Out is an upcoming action-adventure journey from Hazelight Studios. This will be the second video game to be directed by Josef Fares who you may be familiar with from his previous title, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

This is a unique action-adventure video game as it will require two players with the display being split-screen regardless of playing the video game locally or through online. All-in-all, the narrative is based around two prisoners who must survive and escape a prison. Their stories will be told simultaneously and while one character may be in a cutscene, the other will be able to freely move and execute their tasks.

As you can likely imagine, A Way Out will focus on gamers having to work together in order to escape the authorities and complete goals.


Monster Hunter: World
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release: January 26, 2018
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC

The Monster Hunter franchise is consistently growing and with each new installment a number of new gamers explore the monster filled worlds development studio Capcom has crafted. Monster Hunter: World will mark as the fifth main installment to the franchise and as you can expect, there will be a number of notable updates.

For instance, Capcom has placed larger maps, a more seamless experience between zones and what’s a Monster Hunter video game without the ability to hunt with friends? Outside of the offline campaign, the game will allow a four-player online co-op opportunity.


Ashen
  • Developer: Aurora44
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Ashen is an upcoming action RPG title that follows players into a world that is full of hostile enemies and gloom. Little information has been released about the game so far, but what we do know is that players can opt to work together in hopes for a greater chance of survival.

Within the world, players may cross paths and can then team up in a means to increase the skill set and crafting abilities. Strength in numbers seems to be key for survival in Ashen which has a wide variety of creatures and hostile environments that lurk around the corners of this decayed world.


Deep Rock Galactic
  • Developer: Ghost Ship Games
  • Publisher: Coffee Stain Publishing
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: February 28, 2018 (Early Access)

Seeking to create a thrilling co-op experience, developers Ghost Ship Games is developing a title known as Deep Rock Galactic. This is currently an Early Access title that can be purchased today, though you can expect some changes and bugs until the final release launches.

Within the game, players are tasked with working together in digging into the underground as they collect valuable resources through cave systems. However, you’re not alone underground forcing our team of miners to come packed and loaded with heavy artillery to face against the hostile threats.

Caves are procedurally generated with enemies and loot to collect making it a new adventure every time you start. Currently, the game offers four-player cooperative gameplay with four unique classes to not only help fight against the enemy hostiles but to flesh out a team of miners.


Strange Brigade
  • Developer: Rebellion Developments
  • Publisher: Rebellion Developments
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Rebellion Developments has been around for over twenty years and has launched a number of video game titles such as the Sniper Elite series. However, their latest upcoming release, Strange Brigade is a title we’re hoping to hear more information with a release date set for this year, but that may be wishful thinking.

Strange Brigade is an upcoming cooperative third-person shooter filled with both puzzles and survival horror elements. What we know so far is that this is a video game based in the 1930s, where the British Empire has established a fearless group known as the Strange Brigade.

Players are then tasked with seeking out the strange and supernatural areas to uncover what lies within.


World War Z
  • Developer: Saber Interactive
  • Publisher: Saber Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

World War Z became a hit novel when it released and since then the story was adapted loosely into a blockbuster film. Now that story is moving into the video game industry with a title being developed under Saber Interactive.

We’re still waiting to hear more information about the game, but from what we can tell so far, the video game may be aimed more towards the novel than the film. Players will be going across the world in different regions as they partake in survival stories against the zombie pandemic.

Furthermore, the game will feature four player co-op which means you and your friends can blast through the undead. There seems to be a massive amount of undead coming at players so you may not get the same vibe and feel as Left 4 Dead though, at the same time, the reveal trailer does show players unloading assault weapons into the horde rather than rushing to safety.


Sea of Thieves
  • Developer: Rare
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: March 20, 2018

Sea of Thieves is an action-adventure title that is centered around pirates. Players will take to the open seas with their cooperative crew as they search for hidden treasure and taking out other pirate crews that show up along the way.

This is an MMO game where players will consistently run into each other throughout their various adventures. Combat will take place both in ships and on land as well, giving players the full pirate experience.

Players will also be able to attend safe-zones where they can trade, hire on new crew or even dabble into the black market goods.


Far Cry 5
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 27, 2018

The fifth main title within the franchise, Far Cry 5 will be seeing a release in 2018. The video game takes place within the United States of America this time around, though more specifically, in a fictional Hope County, Montana.

Within the narrative, Far Cry 5 pins players against Joseph Seed, a leader of a cult who has forced his way into controlling Hope County. As more innocent civilians become trapped and forced into submission under Joseph Seed’s rule, only a handful of resistance stands between Seed and his reign.

Just as before, players can expect the title to deliver as a first-person shooter in an open world environment to explore either on foot or through vehicles. However, the campaign can be experienced both as singleplayer experience or through cooperative multiplayer.

Likewise, the game will include a map editor where players will be able to build maps with objectives to complete for when gamers finish the main campaign.


Mothergunship
  • Developer: Grip Digital, Terrible Posture Games
  • Publisher: Grip Digital
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2018

Within Mothergunship, players are part of a global resistance group that will fight against an advanced alien species from controlling the Earth. Players can join together in a co-op experience in this FPS bullet hell video game. Within Mothergunship, players will craft their own unique guns to fight against monstrous enemy ships and machines all while avoiding the bullets being sprayed your way.

If you enjoy bullet hell type shooters then this may be the game for you especially with the ability to jump in with a friend in order to save humanity from the evil alien reign.


Divinity: Original Sin 2
  • Developer: Larian Studios
  • Publisher: Larian Studios
  • Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Release Date: August 2018 (PS4, XBO)

Divinity: Original Sin 2 takes place after the first installment. During a time of wars and religious persecution, Bishop Alexandar the Innocent declares all Sorcerers to be criminals. Now a group of four Sorcerers embark on a journey to defeat the Bishop. Players can join together in a party as well making the journey cooperative.


Crackdown 3
  • Developer: Sumo Digital, Reagent Games, Ruffian Games, Cloudgine
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: XBO, PC
  • Release: 2018

Crackdown 3 is set to take ten years after the events of Crackdown 2 after a terrorist attack has killed power for the entire world. Now the Agency must get back into action as they attempt to locate this mystery terrorist group and restore order back into the world. Likewise, there is a competitive multiplayer mode included where players can battle each other in a destructible world.


Kirby Star Allies
  • Developers: HAL Laboratory
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2018

Kirby is another fan-beloved character from Nintendo who has starred in his own video game titles for a number of years now. The Nintendo Switch will soon have its own Kirby video game title in 2018 as well with Kirby Star Allies.

Also much like the Yoshi title, not too many details have been released for Kirby Star Allies quite yet. We know that the video game will have players taking the role of Kirby with the ability to throw stars at enemies to essentially turn them into Kirby’s allies. Outside of that, you can still expect the same traditional move set from past Kirby titles such as inhale, star spit, slide attack, air-gun, among others.


Warhammer: Vermintide 2
  • Developer: Fatshark
  • Publisher: Fatshark
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is a first-person action title that follows the events of the first title, Warhammer: End Times -Vermintide. Within the game, players must band together as they fight against a Chaos army along with a race of rat-men known as Skaven. Much of the game is focused around melee action with a slew of weapons and abilities making battles fluid and action-packed.


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